TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center President and CEO Alan F. List, M.D. was joined by more than 60 advocates at the Capitol today to ask lawmakers to continue their partnership in the fight against cancer. Moffitt was established by the state to provide Floridians with access to world-class cancer care. In order to keep pace with the needs of our state’s aging population and continue to develop new discoveries and treatments for cancer, support from the state legislature is critical.
“Patients seek out Moffitt because we are a leader in cancer care and research. Some of the biggest advances in cancer research and treatment over the last three decades have come from Moffitt faculty and researchers and our efforts have not gone unnoticed,” said List. “Moffitt made national headlines for its contributions to the recent FDA approval of two new cellular immunotherapies, known as CAR T therapy. Our team treated the first adult patient in the clinical trial setting and also the first adult patient following FDA approval. Moffitt is leading the way in this new era of cancer therapy; and we could not be more proud of our team who has worked so hard to set the standard being followed by other cancer treatment centers across the nation.”
Today’s announcement was part of the 13th annual Moffitt Day, which brings more than 80 volunteers, including patients, caregivers, physicians and researchers to the State Capitol in support of Moffitt. Advocates meet with lawmakers, sharing Moffitt’s mission to eradicate cancer and asking for continued state support for Florida’s premier cancer center.
Moffitt is the No. 9 cancer hospital in the United States. It is also the only Florida-based cancer center to receive the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. Moffitt is also committed to educating the next generation of Florida-trained physicians, scientists and health care professionals. The cancer center trains more students in the field of oncology than all other Florida institutions, with more than 2,000 student rotations annually.
About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.